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  How laws are made
A bill
Turning a bill into law
First reading
Second reading
Committee stage
Report stage
Third reading
The other House
Royal assent

 
The Houses of Parliament A bill

Parliament acts like a factory that makes laws. To make a law you start with a bill.

Bill

A bill is an idea that someone thinks will make a good law.

Government Sponsored Bill

The idea normally comes from the government. This is called a government sponsored bill.

Private Member's Bill

It can also come from an ordinary MP. If it does it is called a private member's bill.

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